We talked to Dick Schoorel and Tineke Lubbers, EU liaisons for The Netherlands. They stressed that ours was an interesting proposal, worth trying to get funded from an EU-perspective. They helped me with straitening out the politics of the latest draft. On the downside they had to tell me that we only have a very slight chance of getting funding through COST. COST expects to receive about 900 proposals, less than 10% of which will be invited to submit a full proposal, of which only a few will be granted in the end. In all we only stand about a 3% chance of receiving funding through COST. Therefore it was Dick Schoorel’s suggestion to prepare more than one proposal. I will be talking to him about preparing a revised proposal for another COST slot, also we’ll be looking into the possibilities to get funding from the 7th frame work. We’ll keep you posted.